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mad swirl open mic night

Join Mad Swirl the 1st Wednesday of May (aka 05.07.14), at 8:00 sharp, when we will swirl it up madly in the live way that we do every month. Get to the Lounge early, dig upon the musical musings of Swirve and this month's feature Victory with special guest Jake Kinnard! And stick around to get yourself a spot on our list... first come, first on the list! Which means... get there early!

Come one, come all! Mad poets, musicians, actors, singers, circus freaks and Elvis impersonators... come-n-strut-yo-stuff. Come to participate. Come to appreciate. Come to be a part of this collective creative love child we affectionately call Mad Swirl.

AND, as you may or may not know, every 1st Wednesday we get all giddy with the swirlin' madness. COMING SOON:

June: TBA

notes of gratitude to ALL the mad ones!

Mad Swirl was the place to be in this poetic community this past 1st Wednesday! This month we featured ArtLoveMagic! Representin' ALM was Michael Lagocki, Zach Schrotter, Maggie Smith, & Christy Jedigoddess. They will had a special musical performance from Jake Reeves to share with us! We knew this bunch was gonna be a feature to remember. And were they ever! If you were there, you know what we mean. If not, well, you snooze you lose.

Then your host Johnny O got to callin' all the mad poets, musicians & a few other miscellaneous mad ones in the Lounge to come & strut their mad stuff! Several never-before-seen faces mingled with the usual mix of mad suspects you expect to see on our 1st Wednesday mad romp. And romp it we did! Mad Swirlin' thanks to ALL the mad ones that came to participate, to appreciate...

(photos courtesy of Dan Rodriguez)


Johnny O
MH Clay

Mad Cast:
Paul Koniecki
Opalina Salas
Chris Zimmerly
Desmene Statum
Phil Brewer
Suza Hep Kat
Bear the Poet
Cj Critt
Roderick Richardson

Trier Ward

HUGE thanks to Swirve's Chris Curiel & Gerard Bendiks and guest keyboard player Bernard Wright for keeping the beat til the wee hours of the night. We got taken to another dimension of time and space on the wings of their jazzy madness!

And as always, big THANKS to the patron saint of the loco local mad ones, Kevin, owner of Absinthe Lounge.

And finally we would like to thank ALL of you who freely shared their hand claps, finger-snaps, hoots and howls with all the mad ones who got up on this sacred mad swirlin' mic.

interested in performing?

Are you a mad poet, musician, actor, singer and/or performer? (circus freaks and Elvis impersonators always welcome) Do you live in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area? Then come-n-strut-yo-stuff.

Come one. Come all. Come to participate. Come to appreciate. Come to support your fellow mad ones.

The mic opens up around 8:00 and closes when there's no one left standing.

Interested in performing? Then show up the night of and get on the list!

Got questions? E-mail us at for further details that may not be listed here.

Mad Swirl Open Mic at Absinthe Lounge. It's THE place to be on the first Wednesday of the month! (it's also THE place for 1st Wednesday's $2 drafts/$5 Mad Absinthes)

And please, by all means, FEEL FREE TO SPREAD THE WORD!

where's this madness take place?

Absinthe Lounge is located in the SouthSide on Lamar building.

1409 South Lamar Street • Dallas, TX 75215
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Wanna view see who was who from past open mics?